Aug 02

Tree build canceled today (Sunday 1-4pm)

New! Looks like today (Sun) Tree build was canceled. Sorry about that folks. I did not know.

Jul 30

SAVE our SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE!!

 

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July 30, 2015

Dear Parents, Students and Friends and Alumni,

As you may recall, at the end of last school year, Mona Shores Choir Association President Pricilla Wilcox sent out an informational letter outlining their summer plan/schedule to get our brand new ‘Singing Christmas Tree’ ready for this year’s production.

Work has been ongoing this summer but volunteers have been in short supply and a deadline is nearing. Unfortunately, we need to be out of this space by month’s end (August)!

As it stands, there are 5 ½ rows completed, those being the largest/lowest Tree rows. That still leaves 9 ½ rows and only a few weeks left with a small crew of folks that have worked tirelessly all summer doing the lion’s share of the workload. Basically, what needs to be accomplished is: The panels that make the Tree look green and “like a tree” (and that also contain all the lights) must be assembled. You just need to bring yourself and the main tool that you need are your hands. Students past and present, parents, alumni parents, ANYONE is welcome!

Here are the remaining dates and times when you can lend a hand (or two!):

Saturday August 1st, 9am – 12pm & 1pm – 4pm

Sunday August 2nd, 1pm – 4pm

Saturday August 8th, 9am – 12pm & 1pm – 4pm

Sunday August 9th,1pm – 4pm

Saturday August 15th, 9am – 12pm & 1pm – 4pm

Sunday August 16th,1pm – 4pm

Saturday August 22nd, 9am – 12pm & 1pm – 4pm

There have also been a small group of MSCA board members that typically work on Wednesday evenings from 7pm-9pm if a weeknight might fit your schedule better.

The Tree panel project is currently taking place at the warehouse at 1204 West Western just down the road from Fricano’s (use door D to enter).

You can either just show up or you can also touch base with Parent Volunteer Coordinator Theresa Vredeveld at: 730-0570 or email to: tlvredeveld1518@msn.com. You can also find her on Facebook.

Please consider giving a few hours of your time to assure the completion of this project. We all hope to see and hear a brand new Singing Christmas Tree filled with MSHS singers and accompanied by our MSHS Orchestra again this holiday season!

Jul 22

Young Americans Ticket Sales Information-Two Shows this Week Saturday! DVD Order Forms Available here too!

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Young Americans Ticket Sales Information

Here is some info on ticket sales for the shows: 

Two shows this Saturday @ 1pm & 4:30 pm.

Advance ticket sales in the MSHS Auditorium on Wed-Fri at 8:30am-9am & 4:30pm-5pm as well as 10:30am-11am on Sat (during the drop off and pick up times). 

Tickets also available at the door 45 minutes before each show.

General Admission Tickets $10 for students 18 & younger, $12 Adults.

 RESERVED tickets are also available as well for $20. Just walk in find your marked seat and sit down! 

You can pay for tickets using cash, check or credit card.

Please keep in mind too that all ticket proceeds go to benefit the Mona Shores High School Choir program. We really appreciate your support! 

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DVD Order Forms are available here as well.

Follow this link: YA Summer Camp 2015 Video Order Form

Jul 16

Work with a professional Actor/Director of the musical ‘STOMP’ fame next week at the Young Americans Workshop!

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JANE KALINOWSKY/REVIEW-JOURNALCarlos Thomas, left, Ivan Delaforce, middle, and E. Donisha performs in the production of "Stomp Out Loud" at the Planet Hollywood Resort, Monday, April 16, 2007.

JANE KALINOWSKY/REVIEW-JOURNALCarlos Thomas, left, Ivan Delaforce, middle, and E. Donisha performs in the production of “Stomp Out Loud” at the Planet Hollywood Resort, Monday, April 16, 2007.

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Want to work with this guest artist (Carlos Thomas) who was both in the musical STOMP as a Performer and as a Director? Register for the Young American’s Summer Music Camp Now (it starts next week Tuesday…follow the link the previous post)!

Here is an article about him as well:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/charlotte/article/BWW-Interviews-STOMPs-Carlos-Thomas-20120402

Jul 15

Help Needed During YA Camp Week & Other Camper Details-STILL TIME TO REGISTER TOO!

Hello All! 
 
I hope you are getting excited for the Young Americans workshop, set to begin on Tuesday, July 21st, with registration in the lobby of the Mona Shores High School Auditorium beginning at 8:30am (ending at 9am with the official start of the camp)! 
 
This is our second annual camp and if this is you/your child’s first camp, they are in for the time of their lives! I was (and will be again) onsite at all times during the week and therefore I witnessed first hand, the magic the “YA’s” make through the power of music! It’s Awesome! 
 
Now for a couple of business notes: 
 
  • STILL TIME TO REGISTER & DAILY SCHEDULE: We still have plenty of room for kids to join the camp! We can accommodate up to 300 (last year we have around 200) and I think we are at around 150 right now.
  • To register, go to: https://app.certain.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x1930116b311 
  • You can also view the day to day schedule by following the same link. Kids can even sign up the day of the camp if need be, beginning at 8:30am-9:00am, during registration (can’t guarantee a shirt if they sign up the day of the camp).
 
  • SACK LUNCH: Students will need to bring a sack lunch every day (older students may go out for lunch and parents can bring in lunch for their kids as well). Time frame is Tues-Fri 12-1pm and Sat 11:45-1pm.
 
  • LUNCH TIME/SHOW TIME CHAPERONES: We are still in need of some chaperones during the two showtimes backstage (we are all set with the lunchtime chaps). You would watch one show and chaperone backstage during the other! The shows are both on Saturday at 1pm and 4:30pm. 
 
  • CHILD WRANGLERS: We are all set now! Thank You! 
 
  • YOUNG AMERICAN (TEACHERS) LUNCH: Next, although we are not required to do so, last year we supplied a hot lunch for the Young Americans each day. This makes it a bit easier for the homestay families if they don’t have to pack a sack lunch each day and is something nice for Young Americans to look forward to as they work their extremely hard each day. The Mona Shores Choir will pay the costs of the YA teachers lunch and it can be anything from picking up something like ‘Subway’, to preparing a meal for them (it’s about 40-45 YA teachers). Last year, parents prepared things like sloppy joes, taco bar, pasta, etc. Contact me if this interests you! (We have two of the lunches covered so far)
 
  • HOMESTAYS STILL NEEDED: We are all set now…THANKS!
 
HERE ARE THE DETAILS FOR HOMESTAY FAMILIES (Sent out recently to all the current families From Alyssa Stuk-Midwest Tour Company Manager)
 
Hello!
 
We have a schedule all planned out for the week we are in Muskegon at Mona Shores High School. 
Here is a what the schedule will look like, just please know a few times may change.
 
Monday July 20th
4:00 p.m. -YAs arrive at Mona Shore High School to unload equipment.
6:00 p.m. -Host Families arrive and we have a Homestay meeting. 
6:30 p.m.- Everyone is free to go home and get some dinner
 
Tuesday July 21st through Thursday July 23rd
8a.m. YAs arrive at the school
8:30-9- Camp participants register/check in 
9a.m. Camp Start
12-1 Lunch
5 p.m. Camp Ends/Campers are picked up
5:15-YAs are free to leave
 
Friday July 24th
8a.m. YAs arrive at the school
8:30-9- Camp participants register/check in 
9a.m. Camp Start
12-1 Lunch
5 p.m. Camp Ends/Campers are picked up
6 p.m. YAs are free to leave
 
 Saturday July 25th
TBA- YA arrive at the school
10:30 Campers check in
11-11:45 Camp
11:45-12:30 Lunch
12:30-House Opens for the 1 p.m. show
1-3 p.m. Show #1
4 p.m Doors open for the 4:30 p.m. show
4:30-6:30- Show #2
7 p.m. YAs pack up all their equipment 
8:30′ YAs are free to be picked up
 
Sunday July 26th
Host Family day off. There is nothing planned for us as a group. You can discuss with your Young Americans what you would like to do (sleep, go the beach, shopping, anything really , its all up to you!)
 
Monday July 27th
8 am. Meet at the school to leave for the next town. 
 
Most days of the week we will be needing a packed lunch and then we will be able to have dinner as family every night after camp has finished. If on Monday we could also have packed lunch so that we can eat it in the car as we drive that would be wonderful. 
 
Again if anything has changed please let us know, so I can find everyone a place to stay. We are also 15 spots short as of right now, so if you are willing to take a few more, know of anyone willing please let me know or email me at astuk@youngamericans.org.
 
I look forward to an awesome week at Mona Shores and spending a great week together.
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That’s all for now! 
 
Give me a shout if you can lend a hand! 
 
Thanks! 

Jul 15

Young Americans Camp NEXT WEEK! Still time to sign up!

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MUSIC SUMMER CAMP AT MSHS! Hello Mona Shores Families!

 Looking for something AMAZING for your kid(s) to be involved in this summer (July 21-July 25)?

 Look no further! The YOUNG AMERICANS are coming back to Muskegon again this summer for a week long day camp involving music, dance and theater!

 This summer camp is open to ANY STUDENT (not just Mona Shores) that will be entering the 3rd grade next fall through college age.

I am confident that if you asked anyone who participated last year, they would tell you they had the time of their lives. The week will culminate this year in two outstanding performances.

You will be stunned at how much your child learns in one week!

Further, if you really want to have an unforgettable, over the top experience, sign up also to HOMESTAY a pair of Young Americans (or more)!

To register for the camp and/or to homestay, just click on the Registration Information below. There is a ton more information below as well so if you are interested in learning more, check it out!

 

  1. Muskegon, MI • Brochures • Registration Information

What can your students expect and how is it different from a workshop?

Our cast of 30+ Young Americans, ages 18-24, will be the instructors for every camp. Our instructors have experience teaching kids and adults in many languages to students all around the world.  The camps are an awesome opportunity for students to grow as people and performers. Students of all experience levels are encouraged to join.

 Throughout the week, campers will spend time learning an hour show geared for their respective age group. We generally break kids up into elementary, middle, and high school groups. They will also be taking fun and interactive classes in singing, dancing, and improv acting.

 On the fourth day of camp, we bring in an industry professional from our Alumni group who teach master classes that share the skills and experiences they have learned in their respective professions. The master teachers have had and still have careers as Broadway

performers, major TV network hosts, casting directors, and many more related professions.

 The camp offers a unique experience to gain self-confidence, make new friends, learn an incredible 1-hour variety show, and take workshops in singing, dancing, and acting that you don’t want to miss out on!

 At www.youngamericans.org/summercamps you can see videos, FAQ’s, and cast information.

If you still have questions, feel free to send us an email at summercamp@youngamericans.org.

Check out these shout outs:

Jul 01

Young Americans HS Scholarship Kids Update! IMPORTANT!

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NEW AND IMPORTANT FOR HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:

The following people have yet to communicate to me (as of July 1st, 5:20pm) that they have registered for the YA Camp and have used your scholarship (I just sent each of you another email reminder as well). This is a lot of extra work for me…! You asked for the money, you were rewarded it, now use it! Or, if you can’t use it anymore let me know so I can find someone else who will. This is your final reminder! (Thanks to all the others that have responded btw!!)

Griffin AmRhein
Jamal Chapman
Maggie Duff
Ellie Duvall
Gabrielle Gripton
Calisha Herman
Dale Johnivan
Claudia Johnson
Mikey Kramer
Mikey Kresnak
Jordan Margret
Kaylee McLaughlin
Kara Paparella
Sydney Pieczynski
Leonard Poole
Charles Poole
Jacob Rausch
Kennedy Ryan
Olivia Watson

Jun 11

Young Americans Scholarship Winners!

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Congratulations to the following students who have won a scholarship to attend the Young American’s Camp July 21-25. The sources for these funds come from three sources: The Young Americans, the MS Choir Muskegon Community Foundation account and the Mona Shores Choir Association (Choir Parents).

I have sent each of you an email this afternoon outlining how to register online using your scholarship. Please take care of this asap and email me back confirming that is is done. If you decide not to use the scholarship for some reason, please email me that info as well so I can give the money to someone else.

Anyone who knows these peeps, please help spread the word. Some of these kids might not be on FB, might not have internet or aren’t checking their school email often this summer. Help spread the word please!

Jamal Chapman $50 YA Scholarship (you are registered already)
Maggie Duff $50 YA Scholarship
Ellie Duvall $50 YA Scholarship
Gabrielle Gripton $50 YA MS Choir Community Foundation Scholarship
Kina Grotenhuis $50 YA Scholarship
Mikey Kresnak $50 MS Choir Community Foundation Scholarship
Kendahl MacLauren $50 YA Scholarship
Kaylee McLaughlin $50 YA Scholarship
Kara Paparella $50 YA Scholarship
Sydney Pieczynski $50 MS Choir Community Foundation Scholarship
Kennedy Ryan $50 YA Scholarship
Madison Strait $50 YA Scholarship
Cindy Wu $50 YA Scholarship
Loryn DuRose $100 MS Choir Community Foundation Scholarship
Calisha Herman $100 MS Choir Community Foundation Scholarship
Claudia Johnson $100 MS Choir Community Foundation Scholarship
Jordan Margret $100 MS Choir Community Foundation Scholarship
Karlee McGettigan $100 MS Choir Community Foundation Scholarship
Noah Patterson $100 MS Choir Community Foundation Scholarship
Leonard Poole $100 MS Choir Community Foundation Scholarship
Riley Reeds $100 MS Choir Community Foundation Scholarship
Claudia Schaafsma $100 MS Choir Community Foundation Scholarship
Olivia Watson $100 MS Choir Community Foundation Scholarship
Griffin AmRhein $189 YA Scholarship
Mikey Kramer $189 YA Scholarship
Dale Johnivan $189 YA Scholarship
Charles Poole $189 YA Scholarship
Jacob Rausch $189 MSCA Scholarship
Bente Boomhuis $189 MSCA Scholarship (you are registered already)

Jun 11

Young American’s Summer Music Camp At MSHS-3rd grade thru College Age Welcome!

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MUSIC SUMMER CAMP AT MSHS! Hello Mona Shores Families!

 Looking for something AMAZING for your kid(s) to be involved in this summer (July 21-July 25)?

 Look no further! The YOUNG AMERICANS are coming back to Muskegon again this summer for a week long day camp involving music, dance and theater!

 This summer camp is open to ANY STUDENT (not just Mona Shores) that will be entering the 3rd grade next fall through college age.

I am confident that if you asked anyone who participated last year, they would tell you they had the time of their lives. The week will culminate this year in two outstanding performances.

You will be stunned at how much your child learns in one week!

Further, if you really want to have an unforgettable, over the top experience, sign up also to HOMESTAY a pair of Young Americans (or more)!

To register for the camp and/or to homestay, just click on the Registration Information below. There is a ton more information below as well so if you are interested in learning more, check it out!

 

  1. Muskegon, MI • Brochures • Registration Information

What can your students expect and how is it different from a workshop?

Our cast of 30+ Young Americans, ages 18-24, will be the instructors for every camp. Our instructors have experience teaching kids and adults in many languages to students all around the world.  The camps are an awesome opportunity for students to grow as people and performers. Students of all experience levels are encouraged to join.

 Throughout the week, campers will spend time learning an hour show geared for their respective age group. We generally break kids up into elementary, middle, and high school groups. They will also be taking fun and interactive classes in singing, dancing, and improv acting.

 On the fourth day of camp, we bring in an industry professional from our Alumni group who teach master classes that share the skills and experiences they have learned in their respective professions. The master teachers have had and still have careers as Broadway

performers, major TV network hosts, casting directors, and many more related professions.

 The camp offers a unique experience to gain self-confidence, make new friends, learn an incredible 1-hour variety show, and take workshops in singing, dancing, and acting that you don’t want to miss out on!

 At www.youngamericans.org/summercamps you can see videos, FAQ’s, and cast information.

If you still have questions, feel free to send us an email at summercamp@youngamericans.org.

Check out these shout outs:

Jun 10

Mona Shores High School Choir Lists 2015-2016

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Dear Choir Students and Families,

I want to thank you all for your patience regarding these choir placements. If you knew how many hours I have spent doing my very best to make the best  decisions possible, you would be flabbergasted!

Please keep in mind the many factors that go into my making the decisions. Factors that contributed to my final decisions here were based upon:

1. Skill and Natural Ability as a singer (as measured during your video taped audition)

2. Ability to Sight-Read Music (as measured in your video taped audition)

3. Your understanding of music theory (as measured by your music theory 2nd trimester exam)

4. Your work ethic, attendance and both your daily and concert attendance (as evidenced by your trimester grades)

5. Your involvement level in choir and music (taken from the sheets in which you described your past experiences in music, to include taking voice lessons, participation in solo and ensemble, Young Americans Workshops, CoffeeHouse, Pop Go the Sailors Specialty Acts, other area musical theater experiences such as Muskegon Civic Theater, trying out for our music scholarships, studying other instruments or playing in band/orchestra, dance training, etc.)

6. Lastly, seniority/years in choir plays only a small role in my decision making, generally when all other scores above are nearly equal.

Finally, please stay away from social media after seeing these lists. Keep in mind some will be very happy and excited while for others, the news won’t be what they had hoped. Expressing joy, happiness, anger and hurt feelings on social media is not wise at this time. Better to deal with and express your emotions in a more private way with close friends and family.

PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE RESULTS:

Choir Placement Results 2015-2016

 

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